By Ivy / Last Updated January 5, 2021

What does backup client and backup server mean?

A backup client is the source computer containing data you want to backup, and it usually a Windows PC, server, networking hardware or a virtual machine that belongs to the end user's within the same LAN,.

While for backup server, it gets controls of multiple client computers and can manage all client computers, such as, select backup types like file backup, set backup features to make this process easily, enable backup retention to delete old backup regularly etc.

In view of this, you may know, backup server indispensible for backup client to complete the backup process. In addition, you need a client server backup software to create client computer backups from backup client to backup server. Without it, the backup client and the backup server are two kinds of devices without any intersection.

Well them, you may wander what is the best client server backup software to backup client computers? Please keep reading below to learn about it.

What is the best client server backup software?

AOMEI Centralized Backupper (ACB) is one of the best client server backup software that can help you centralized backup server 2012/2016/2019/2020 etc as well as Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, and remotely monitor backup jobs for all client computers from a central console.

The entire process is simple and easy to learn, you just need to get control of computers you want to backup (these are client computers), select backup types and set backup features on the server computer, finally start the backup task and monitor the process.

Then, you can start to learn more about advantages of this software. The biggest advantages is to cuts down the backup administration costs and save much time for enterprises. Learn more below.

  • All-in-one server backup strategy: It supports 4 backup types, including "File Backup", "Partition Backup", "System Backup" and "Disk Backup".

  • Multiple sync solutions: It is capable of making an exact copy of files by 3 different solutions, namely, "Basic Sync", "Real-Time Sync" and "Mirror Sync".

  • Hot backup: It's able to backup open files and runing programs without termination.

  • Client server network backup: Centrally backing up all client computers to network share or NAS to greatly reduce local disaster, such as, server crashes, hard disk failure, virus attack etc.

  • Complete backup features: It consists of "Backup Settings", "Backup Schedule", and "Backup Scheme", each of which has many useful features, such as, normal or high compression level, incremental/differential backup, daily/weekly/monthly schedule backup, backup retention policy etc.

How to use client server backup software to create server client backup easily?

Presumably you have already learned a lot about client server backup from the previous, but there is another concept that many users can’t distinguish, it's the term "Server". It refers a host computer with administrator priority that can create and manage client computer backups, and it can be any system, including Windows Server 2003/2008/2011/2012/2016/2019/2020(including the R2 version) and Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.

Then, continue to see below and create Windows Server client backup with client server backup software. To create client server backup, you need to download and install the AOMEI Centralized Backupper on the host computer and then install client programs on the backup client. You can install it manually from AOMEI Centralized Backupper package or use "Install client program" feature to install client program automatically.

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Centralized Backupper and get control of client computers.

In the first place, click "Computers" -> "Uncontrolled Computers" to access all the available computer within LAN.

Then, select the computer that is not registered and click "Request Control" -> "By sending a message". If this is your first time to use this software, all the computers in the following list are not registered.

Next, the client computer will receive a remote control request window and click "Agree" to continue. After that, you can go to Controlled computers and check if all the client computers you want to backup are listed here.

Get Control of Client Computers

Step 2. Then, you can start to create client server backup in server computer. Click "Tasks" -> "New Task" and then select "File Backup". Also, you can choose any backup solutions according to your needs.

Client Server Backup File Backup

Step 3. Then, you will see the backup name and 3 file backup steps. Rename the task name for clearly distinguish and complete the 3 steps with following instructions in order.

In "Step 1": Click "Add Computer" and select all or specified client computers.

Add Client Computer

In "Step 2": Select the client computer and click "Add" to select files or folders you want to backup.

Add Files Folders

In "Step 3": Click “Add Storage” and input "Share or NAS path" and "Diskplay Name" to access the network location. Then, select a shared folder on it to store your files or folders.;

Add Network Location

Step 4. At lower location of "File Backup" main page, you can see 3 backup features, namely "Settings", "Schedule" and "Scheme". Click each of them and select the feature you want to use, then click "Start Backup" to start the client server backup.

About Backup Settings: You can enable encryption for backups, enable email notification, compress backup with normal or high compression level, or split the backup image to multiple smaller one to fit on the target drive.

General Settings

About Backup Schedule: You can set up backup frequency with general schedule settings, such as, backup once or per day/week/month, and backup only changes since the last full backup through incremental/differential backup

Schedule Settings

About Backup Scheme: You can activate backup scheme to set backup retention policy, here are 5 different strategies, select one from them. Please note the backup scheme needs to be in consistent with backup schedule, or it will not work as expected.

Backup Scheme

Tip: If you have any doubt in this process, you can check details in FAQ page.


With the help of best client server backup software for Windows PCs and servers - AOMEI Centralized Backupper, you can create Windows Server 2012/2016/2019/2020 and Windows 10/8/7 client backup easily and quickly. It supports complete backup and sync solutions, including "File Backup", "System Backup", "Disk Backup", "Real-Time Sync", "Mirror Sync" etc and multiple useful features, such as, normal or hight compression level, scheduled backup, incremental/differential backup, backup scheme, and more.

Then, when something unexpected happens, you can perform file/partition/system/disk restore using AOMEI Centralized Backupper or its standalone version - AOMEI Backupper etc. If you want to create client-server backup and manage them in a professional way, please download this software to have a try! It's has 30-day free-trial, so you don't need to purchase it before you make the final decision.